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Tribesourcing Southwest Film Project

Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), this project is "tribesourcing" educational films about the Native peoples of the Southwestern U.S. The films are from the American Indian Film Gallery, a collection of about 500 educational films at the University of Arizona. These films primarily date from the mid-20th century and reflect mainstream cultural attitudes towards Indigenous People at that time. Tribesourcing is providing the films online with at least one alternate narration from within the culture it portrays to provide context and place "historical materials with the peoples they represent in order to tell the untold or suppressed story." The films are arranged by community on the website, and readers will find the films by scrolling down the home page or navigating to the Browse Digital Heritage tab. To view those that have counter-narration recorded, limit to the category "Completed Alternate Audio Narration." For example, Arts and Crafts of the Southwest Indians, "Part 1, the Navajo" (originally produced in 1953) has a counter-narration that points out that the original film seems to view the Navajo/Dine crafts as recreational, or hobbies, while in reality, the silversmithing, weaving, and pottery depicted were important economic activities in the community. To listen to the counter narration while the original video is playing, the Tribesourcing recommends starting the video, then using the audio controls (blue lines on the right-hand side) to mute the original narration before launching the alternate narration. In addition to the films, readers will find complementary materials (e.g., a Dictionary and News archive) on the site.
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Date of Scout Publication
April 23rd, 2021
Date Of Record Creation
March 26th, 2021 at 11:03am
Date Of Record Release
April 19th, 2021 at 11:52am
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